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welcome to al jazeera ameri america. i'm john siegenthaler in america. here are the top stories >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will be an capitol hill testifying about healthcare.gov tomorrow. some republican lawmakers are calling on her to resign. a top medicare official testified and apologised. the director of the nsa said eavesdropping on thousands in france and spain is not true. keith alexander told a house intelligence committee that his teams operate under strict oversites and he would rather
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take a media beating than allow terrorists into the country >> israel released palestine prisoners, the second of four groups. it's part of a deal to get the middle east peace talks on track. many of the prisoners who spent the last 20 years behind bar. 104 convicts will be released over the coming months. >> the dow jones closed at a high - up 111 points. investors expect the fed once again to delay plans to scale back the bond buying program. >> those are the headlines. "america tonight" is next. i'll see you back here tomorrow night.
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determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse.
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they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well. (vo) friday night ... >> does the nsa collect any type of data on millions of americans? >> no sir. (vo) fault lines investigates what it's like to live under the watchful eye of the nsa. >> they know everything that you do, everything that you think, everything that you fear. they know how to manipulate and control you. the state has all the power.
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>> we have done more to destroy our way of life than the terrorists could ever have done. >> just a week to go before next tuesday's election. some fierce fights on the line. days an off year election, these contests will be closely watched in the wake of the government shutdown and the first volley of the 2016 presidential race. >> they are zeroing in to a large group of voters. 24 million hispanics are eligible to vote. but in last election only half of them did. what would engage this powerful voting block? here is heidi
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castro when they opened their doors 20 deck decades ago the 20% were ha hispanic. and now they are 45% hispanic. they made it known by electing ana reyes. sesee enters the public arena seven years ago as an outspoken critic to verify the immigration status of anyone that wanted to rent an apartment in the city. >> what came of that was out right bigotry and animosity toward latinos. this was a community we felt welcome in and loved very much.
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>> and all white city council passed the o ordinance. her win is significant. not only for minorities it's for activating latino voters. 45 % of la teen latinos who cast a ballot had never voted in an election. the overall hispanic turn out in the district, more than tripled singsince the last city electio. he says the sigh secret to the success was simple. woo>>ts. we fe decided from the getgo tht we needed to talk person to
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person to hispanic voters. >> inside of those homes bilingual volunteers took on the peperception and problem keeping hispanics from the polls. voter apathy and unfa unfamiliarity. here is a do google map from yor house to the polling location. and if that is not good enough we'll give you a ride. >> they had a secret weapon. i'm here at the door now when you go into the polls you will see my father and mother ma roo yeah. roo -- maria. 18-year-old went to the polls with her entire family to vote for ra why. rreyes. one thing she came to our house
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motivated us. we had her sit down and talk to us and explain our questions. >> the campaign visited 800 homes. and many are questioning can these same get out of the vote techniques apply to his panicses panics -- hispanics on a larger skill. he says candidates across the nation and both parties should learn from farmer's branch. >> they have been able to do something that no one has been able to do successfully. last year the percentage of latinos that voted in the 2012 pest yea2012 presidential election fell. and the number that were eligible to vote rose 22%. are ththe
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reyes tapped into that. you will see a bigger resurg ree into the door-to-door campaining. >> the power of hispanic electorate growing in numbers and confidence. >> lat teen know latinos are making a difference. >> the hispanic communities is a gigantic community. the ceiling is unknown. a message that made history in the farmer's branch and showed the nation what is possible. >> in the last decade the hispanic community has grown draw mat kali. dramatically. and by 20 i is 2015 one third wil
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. >> what do we not understand about latino-american voters? >> every time someone laments not enough of them vote. they forget who votes in america. higher income vote more than lower income. and higher educated vote more than less educated and older people vote more than younger people. if you look a the profile of the non-voter in the united states. but denothing i denothing if denothin demography is not new. >> we have a new generation coming up and a lot of u.s. born under 18-year-old's. >> thousands every week.
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600 to 750,000 a year that is year after year all the way to 2030. >> the vote will change. and the number of people that are entering the years that you are more likely to vote is going to be increasing. they are not quite here yet. you have to remember, you look at 53 million people and you sy gee where are they? a lot of them are too young to vote. the la latino community's median age is ten years younger. a lot of them are not naturalized. but if this is a change in immigration law a lot of them will be encouraged to be naturalized. we make an assumption a and pols bear it out. immigration remains at the top of thish use. >> yes and no. it's a threshold issue. >> what is the future if you
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have a greater number of young people born inside of the u.s. is their loyalty going to go that way or will immigration still remain an issue. >> a lot of latino voters have members of their familiarly that are immigrants or out of status. >> millions of people have roll tills relatives that have come here. it's not for some as it is for many other americans. so it's real for millions and millions of latino voters. even though they themselves are sit accidentcitizens and able t. the difficulties of working the system and the difficulties of getting the family members into the united states. are all real, very present or one generation past. >> do you see an opportunity to look to new issues?
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what other things will be on the horizon here. >> bread and butter issues for sure. when the american economy declined in the last several years ago. it was devastating for the latino families. the coupl cumulative wealth was estimated do have dropped by two-thirds since 2005. that is a disaster. that is not just a couple of years of tightening your belt. it's something that takes another generation to recover from. the housing shock affected them because they were the last ones to get in. when the values dropped they were the first ones to lose their houses to foreclosure and have mortgages blow up in their faces. >> shared experience across many americans. >> and they were working in construction. when the housing market collapsed they were thrown out of work. this last couple of years has
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been a terrible set back. >> i appreciate you being here tonight. >> we'll take a break and return with more of america tonight, after this. ♪ on inside story, we bring together unexpected voices closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you.
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making headlines didn't. tonight. jessjesse jackson starts his sentence. >> racial profiling at two big department stores macy's and barneys are ordered to disclose their policies for detaining customers. four plaqu black customers were stopped by police after they made big purchases in the store. >> a young woman telling lawmakers about the death of her grandmother.
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the girl asked law makers to end the air assaults. >> for all we have heard about the affordable healthcare act some of the details get lost between the bronze and gold levels of care. and a website that is impossible for people to manage and navigate. one detail is hard t to forget. it's been a mantra since as far back as 2009. no one loses their healthcare chan plan. >> you have health insurance. it doesn't mean a government take over. you keep your own insurance. if you like your plan you can keep your plan. >> he said it a few times. maybe it should have been ellipses. you know, dot dot dot. insurance companies have sent letters out like one that came out today to some people telling them that their insurance will be changed or even cancelled. your current plan can no longer be offered.
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nbc news is reporting that up to 75% of 14 million consumers will get a cancellation letter in the next year because their policies don't meet stan standards laid n the new law. and to the millions of americans that have attempted to use healthcare .gov to shop and enroll in healthcare coverages, i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. we know how desperately you need affordable cork. affordable coverage. >> we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience you deserve. we are seeing improvements each week and th by the end of novemr the experience will be smooth for the vast majority of users. why should the american people believe you now. how do you know how many people
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have enrolled. >> the white house acknowledged some plans would not qualify for the affordable care act. we are hearing these reports, millions could be sent cancellation letters. >> will h they be left without e insurance they wanted. >> possibly without the insurance they wanted. theed azation i administration o -- going too say they will have better insurance. they will end up with a policy. the insurance companies are saying if you don't choose a new plan we'll put you into a newer plan. some of them may be more expensive and some may be similarly priced or a little lower. that is all because these plans don't meet the affordable care act. >> what does that mean? because the language or the kind of coverage what is the difference? >> they don't include things
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that are mandatory. they have to cover people that have pre-existing conditions and they have to cover co-pays. it's consumer friendly things that are in these plan plans but it's going to be too expensive to offer them. >> it could include things like m maternity coverage. they have to let you get a physical without requiring a co-pay. it's designed to keep us healthier. we are going to visit the doctor for preventive care. and maternity coverage doesn't mean it will be affordable but it will be covered. >> for people that don't plan do have children. >> they may not well appreciate that. >> and they may not an want to y
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more money for it. >> is it possible that some people will pay more than their previous coverage and some people will pay less. >> it's probably going to be more people paying more. i have heard that a lot of plans are going up. there is quite a bit of fluctuation already. there has been for years in the individual market. and of course people that are happy don't necessarily complain. you can't say categorically that people will be paying more. but it sounds like it. the inconvenience of choosing a new policy or get one that you might not want given to you or certainly to pay more. that is frustrating for people and i have heard of people paying three times more. when you say individual policy that is the kind you buy. >> as opposed to the group. if you are self-employed or
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buying a policy on your own because you are unemployed and had the money to do it that would be the individua individu. >> those are the people that are getting the letters we just saw. >> yes. what about people that work for a company and smaller businesses you are saying, look,s go out on the open market. >> there is some of that going on. some of these people may be better off in the open market. and they may be better off with which everyonplans. it could be indeed better. but a lot of tha plans are not saving them any money. therthere is a conception that e changes will have discounts insurance. there are cheap policies and they don't cover much and have large deductibles. >> i think a lot of comments we heard at the beginning of the segment. president obama said so many
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sometimes if you like the plan you get to keep it. it was a mantra. if you like the plan you get to keep it. now the administration has to live with this. it sounds like bait and switch. >> and somewhere in the regulationings there would be zoosome grandfathered plans but anything that doesn't meet the law would be illegal. we knew kind of this would happen. we didn't think in terms of millions of people. they did have if buried in the regulations and 7 67% of the people in the individual market may well lose their policy. >> individual consumers may not upped understood. >> and they may not under stand what they get in the mail. >> wednesday on america tonight we are going to have an exclusive report from al jazeera
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country battled 45,000 fires this year. restoring the forest is critical and for the prevention of future fires. we met up with a group of scientists whose work begins after the fires are put out.
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bewhen a wildfire ignites, coon containment is is the first priority. record high temperatures and dry weather whipped up a dozen major wild fires in colorado this summer. cruise s crews battle fires that covered 45,000 acres is. what happens once the fire is extinguished and the smoke has cleared could be the difference between fueling more wild fires than preventings them. we travel to the june pine tree wildfire. it was the largest the district had ever experienced. >> it burned 14,000 acres. >> and one day in particular sew 10,000 acres burned.
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andrea is a conservation scientist. her work focuses on improving restoration of areas like this after the ravages of wildfire. >> one. problemmingof the problems is te invasion of species. one of them is cheat grass. it's one of the things that helped cause or carry the wildfire farther. before the presence of cheat grass the average cycle was 40 to 100 years. >> as cattle are introduced it's more likely to be spread and it can spread with just wind, water and erosion as well. >> restoring these decimated habitats is a critical step of increasing the severity of wild fires. it's a top priority for the
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bureau of land management. one way the blm is doing that through the collection and mass production of native plant seeds. we are going to pull the seed out and we are going to look and see if they are ready for collection. okay. we pull these out. >> woulwork being with theworkif success program carol and her interns take to the colorado fields and gather the next generation of planne plant life. teasit's a program that we are collecting native seed on about the blmland and we will put the seen seed storage. >> the goal is to collect 10 to 20,000 viable seed and they will document all of the plants they
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find at area for future use. the seed are sens to seed banks like this one at the chicago botanical garden. >> the seed bank is one of the rational things we can do with the changing clim climate. it's a wonderful way to preserve plants in the long term. bucks they are packaged and dried at -20° sell jus celsius they can last for up to 100 years. a million different seed are preer ipreserved here. most people are not aware of the scale and the municipalities of- the millions o pound of seed. and these area are inaccessible dropping vast quantities of seed on the scorched earth with the
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hope it will come back and be a thriving plant family in the fightser. it's a deposit that could protect human and wildlife in the be a sens be a albert abseny day. >> coming up something you don't want to miss. an unfinished pr project in souh dakota. when will chief crazy horse stand tall, proud and this is the 900-page document we call obamacare. my staff has read the entire thing. can congress say the same?
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complex it's forces a human it's imagine make it and comment. the vision of chief crazy horse nestled in the black hills began in i 1948 and it's yet to be realized here is chris
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burie. >> in the rugged granite of the black hills, the features are chiseled from the mountain side. a features of the warrior known as crazy horse. his arm holding a giant stallion that you can imagine but cannot see. the horses head all 219 feet of it has been painted but still must be fashioned from the jagged rock. call it a work in progress. carried on by the family of a man that started carving this mountain in 1948. >> he was determined it was going to be completed. i don't think he realized how long it was going to take or how much work it was going to be. >> under estimated the task. >> he did. now 87 years old rout ruth cameo south dakota with star dust in
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her eyes. eyes. >> she came from connecticut to work with a famous sculptor from her state. a man she would marry on thanksgiving day because he wouldn't take another day off from kar carving crazy horse. >> he wasn't going to quit. he taught me you can do anything in this world you want to absolutely nothing is impossible as long as you are willing to work hard enough an stay with it. he had been a sculptor on mt. rushmore only 17 miles away. the lakota indians wanted a monument of their own to rival rushmore. they asked him to carve the like. >> of crazy horse. he was revered for not allowing them to take away the indian land. >> why has it taken so long?
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>> because it's so big. we started with absolutely nothing and we had to make every bit of it ourselves. >> her husband spent 35 years ag3535 yearsblasting and chippit the mountain side. >> he died in 1 1974 when it was finally taking shape. he made the statement if the mountain stopped when he died his whole life would be wasted. >> ruth and their ten children decided to forge ahead. six of them still work on the mountain. >> he wanted us to have a commitment like he did. was he obsessed with this project? >> yes. did he teach us to be? yes. he said do not ever lay it down. if you lay it down -- if you lay down the feeling then you know, you have to fine something else to do.
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>> her younger sister monique wears the hard hat in the family supervising the actual carving of the mountain. as a young girl she learned how to scale the cup fu ask sculpture. she takes to a ridge. the first tv cameras ever allowed here. with the scaled model she gives us a progress report. >> give us a sense of what is going on and what is going on in this space. we are below the horses nose and we have to go in 70 feet to get to the horses no nostril. so the rock we are on now will all be gone. >> the rock several million tons of it has been die kno die-no-md away. ever so carefully to protect the mountain and the sculpture. >> how excruciating is this work? >> it's not excruciating. it's big.
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it's a challenge for many reasons, but it's a labor of love. >> in her pattere battered blue pick up monique takes us to the top of the mountain. here crazy horse's face finished. many people say it's too bad that dad wasn't here to see the it's car carved. at the base of the mountain is a statue. he did not think small. his memorial is taller than the washington monument. and nearly twice the might of mt. rushmore. a 6-foot tall man wo would fit easily into one of crazy horse's eyes. >> eyes that see everything on the mountain says the legend.
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>> there is something about walking on crazy horse's arm, you hook back at crazy horse and he is looking at you it's an erie feeling no matter where you walk on that mountain or stand is watching. >> no more than once or twice a year the public is allowed a closer look. this fall near 400 made the six mile hike up and back. looking like a colony of ants on the mo o move from the bottom oe mountain. they reach crazy horse's arm just under that imposing face it's taken so long to finish, only part of the rejec project s -- does not bother the visitors. including these three friends. they are trying to do it their way. but if the they are doing it thr
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way, it's not moving quickly. >> i'm aweed by ed by this art form. the evenin engineering it takes to move that massive rock. >> the only thing crazy about the memorial is the sculptor who started it. and over the years ago the family has come under criticism. who say this endeavor is more about an eccentric artist than crazy horse. >> i wrote an editorial and asked who is this monument dedicated to? >> you can't please anybody. i would rather please the indian people than be anyone else because this is their memorial. >> the family is adamant that
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this ende o endeavor is not abo. >> down the road they have the university of indian america. >> in the four years we have within doing this we have created i hadcational opportunity for 24 different strikes in 17 different states of origin. >> jason murray who runs the college sees the sculpt fur as a -- sculpsculpture as a science of respect. this mountain carving is a reconcilliation. i see that and feel that or i wouldn't be part of this. >> over the years many lakota watched the carve. >> they saw the mountain take shape and they saw the people that were doing the actual work up there as good people. and i think it helped to bring a
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about a lot of changes. >> here change comes slowly. very slowly. he once boasted he would finish his sculpture in 30 years. >> he wished he never made that statement. and that is why i don't tell anybody when it's going to be done. >> now the project is entering it's o 6 oft 66th year even the adult children will not tell us when it will be finished. it will look good when i'm an old lady but it won't be done in my lifetime. >> i hope my children will be able to see it pretty much competed. but it's aways down the road. >> that ways a lot closer than the beginning. >> in fact a third generation of family members is already working at their grandfather's mountain. 28-year-old heidi parks charges for the hikers. i think it's important that
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everything keeps going on and that is why i'm here. >> her grandmother the is working out of the dining room where the family has managed the prproject since 1948. she tries to envision the finished sculptur the way her husband did. >> he saw the mountain completed i don't have that ability. he could see it all done in his mind's eye. and he described it as heroic. and being meaningful. >> for the family when it the mountain will be finished has become less meaningful than why. >> and here in the black hills, the outline of that heroic figure on his horse, just the way he saw it in his mind's eye becomes a bit clearer every
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day. >> that was chris bury in the plaque hills. - black hills. that is it for us on america tonight. we'll continue our focus on sexual assault in collegeses this week. america tonight looks at sex crimes on campus at 9:00 p.m. eastern. and on friday our special program sex crimes on campus town hall. 9:00 eastern on al jazeera america on friday night. if you would like to comment on any of the stories you have seen here tonight. log on to our website at aljazeera.com/americatonight. will you get sneak previews and tell us what you want to see. and join ours conversations on twitter or the fates book page. good night, we'll have more of america tonight tomorrow. ♪
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welcome to al jazeera america. here are the top stories at this hour: the white house tonnes answer questions on the problems on the problems that plagued the affordable care act. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius on wednesday will testify in a house hearing. the administration's first apology for the failures came tuesday, from the head of medicare, marilyn tavenner. she said this most problems will be fixed by the pd of november. >> america's spy chief denies reports that the nsa secretly eaves dropped on thousands in spain and france. keith alexander says they didn't conduct illegal
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